California Avenue Repaving This Friday

As construction on University Terrace nears its completion, Stanford is required by the City of Palo Alto to repave California Avenue along the entire frontage of the project (see map below). That work will take place starting at 7am this Friday, December 14, and will make California Avenue beyond Dartmouth Street inaccessible to vehicles until around 5pm.

Residents living on California Avenue in the affected area are encouraged to park their cars Thursday night on one of the adjacent streets so that they can be used while the paving is underway. If you’re in the affected area, please read the complete Construction Advisory for further details.


Around the Terrace: December 5, 2018

Here are some recent announcements and news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Escondido Elementary School Community Meeting
Palo Alto Unified School District will host a meeting to review and receive input on the Schematic Plan for a new Multi-Purpose Building and plan for the Escondido Elementary School Campus. The meeting will be conducted by Gelfland Partners Architects (who worked on similar projects at Duveneck, Fairmeadow, and Ohlone) and take place this Friday, December 7, at 8:15am in the Escondido Multi-Purpose Room.

Residents Seek School Funds From Stanford’s Expansion
The Palo Alto Weekly recaps the community listening meeting on the Stanford GUP development agreement led by Santa Clara County Supervisors Joe Simitian and Cindy Chavez. Schools, housing, and traffic concerns were top discussion topics.

Palo Alto Home Repair Program
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley is administering the City of Palo Alto’s Home Repair program.  Lower-income Palo Alto homeowners in need of assistance with a broad range of health, safety, and accessibility improvements may be eligible for $10,000 grants.  The program is especially helpful for seniors on a fixed income and those with disabilities who might need adjustments made to continue living in their home. 

SunLife Brings Açaí Bowls, Juice to Cal Ave
A new business has opened on California Ave. Sun Life Organics serves açaí bowls blended with different fruit combinations and topped with ingredients such as nuts, fruit, coconut, honey and bee pollen. They also serve juices, smoothies, coffee and tea.

Key Community Input Meetings Next Week

Two projects with potentially huge impacts on our city and neighborhood are having community input meetings in the coming week. These are excellent opportunities to share your ideas and voice your concerns.

Rail Crossing Grade Separation
Wednesday, November 28 at 6pm (Mitchell Park, El Palo Alto Room)
The city is hosting a community meeting to discuss ideas for separating the street from the railroad at Palo Alto’s four existing railroad crossings. This particular meeting will focus on the Charleston Road and Meadow Drive crossings; another meeting on January 23 will cover the Churchill Avenue and Palo Alto Avenue crossings.

For more information on the Palo Alto rail corridor, visit cityofpaloalto.org/ConnectingPaloAlto.

Stanford GUP Community Benefits
Thursday, November 29 at 6:30pm (City Hall)
Santa Clara County Supervisors Simitian and Chavez will host a Community Listening Meeting to hear from the public about community benefits the county should consider in a negotiated Development Agreement regarding Stanford’s application for a General Use Permit for its proposed 2.3 million square foot academic expansion.

For more information on the Stanford GUP Development Agreement, visit www.countystanfordda.org.

And one more thing… on the City Council’s agenda for Monday, November 26, is a series of revisions to the zoning code intended to make it easier for residential developers to get their projects approved. These revisions, which range from new density bonuses to reduced parking requirements for residential projects, are likely to generate a spirited debate. Read the proposal (or at least the Weekly’s summary) and then decide if you want to add one more meeting to your civic/social calendar.

Khoury’s Market Opening This Month

We had a pair of special guests at this week’s CTRA board meeting: Jason Oberman, representing the ownership of the building at 2100 El Camino that formerly housed the College Terrace Market, and Mark Khoury, whose family is taking over that space to open a new grocery store later this month.

The new market will be called Khoury’s Market and could have a “soft” opening as soon as November 24th. Oberman told the CTRA board about a host of improvements they’re making to the space, including improved signage, lighting, indoor and outdoor seating, painting, and much more. Many of these improvements must be approved by the city first, so they won’t be in place when the store first opens, but will happen piece by piece over the next couple months with the aim of having an official grand opening in January or February.

Khoury emphasized that the store’s initial mix of products is very flexible and he’s depending on input from shoppers to help determine what will be stocked long-term. So, if you visit Khoury’s Market and don’t see what you’re looking for, please let them know! Not only are they open to suggestions, your feedback is essential to the market’s long-term success.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Khoury’s Market to College Terrace!

CTRA Board Meeting Agenda: November 14, 2018

The next CTRA board meeting will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7:00pm at University Lutheran Church (1611 Stanford Ave at Bowdoin). This month’s meeting will include a visit from the new owner of old College Terrace Market, a recap of our CTRA Fall Picnic, an update on the Stanford GUP process, a discussion of neighborhood communication, and more.

All College Terrace residents are encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!

Local News Roundup: November 5, 2018

Here are some recent news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Guest Opinion: Stanford Is Quietly Buying Up Houses
CTRA’s Stanford observer, Pria Graves, wrote an op-ed in the Daily Post covering the issues surrounding Stanford’s recent home purchases (30, at last count) in College Terrace.

JPMorgan Chase Opening Campus at Research Park
Following its acquisition of WePay, a Redwood City startup, JPMorgan Chase announced it will build a 195,000-square-foot “fintech” campus at the Stanford Research Park that will house up to 1,000 employees.

First Hydrogen Fuel Station in Palo Alto Opening Soon
The Shell station on El Camino in Barron Park will be the first hydrogen fuel station between Mountain View and South San Francisco.

And, finally, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! If you’re still figuring out your ballot, check out the Palo Alto Weekly’s voter guide (including interviews with all city council and school board candidates), Palo Alto Neighborhood’s City Council Candidates Questionnaire and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto’s election guide (including pros/cons for all of the state propositions).

A Fabulous Fall Picnic

Thanks to everyone–especially those costumed pets–who came out to the CTRA’s annual Fall Picnic this past Saturday. Special thanks to Taylor Brady, CTRA social chair, and the rest of the CTRA board for putting together a fantastic event.

Art for Action Event Sunday

The Art for Action Foundation, a non-profit organization created and run by Paly students, is holding its annual art gallery where the art donated by talented teen and community artists from Palo Alto will be displayed and available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit DreamCatchers, an organization that aims to close the opportunity and achievement gap in the Palo Alto school district.

In addition to the gallery, there will be complimentary food and drinks, fun art activities for kids, and an inspiring keynote speaker. The event will offer an evening of enjoyment for families and people of all ages. 

The event will be held Sunday, October 21st, from 2-5pm in the Adobe Room at Mitchell Park Community Center. 

To learn more about the gallery, please visit theartforactionfoundation.org. If you have any questions, please contact artforactionpa@gmail.com.

Fall Picnic This Saturday!

The CTRA’s annual Fall Picnic is this Saturday, October 20th, from 2pm to 5pm at Mayfield Park, next to the College Terrace Library. Bring a dish to share for our potluck and meet some of your friendly College Terrace neighbors. Here are a few of the events we have going on at this year’s picnic:

Pet Costume Contest

Bring your beloved family members for a pet costume contest, showcasing the neighborhood’s most lovable non-human residents (no feral squirrels allowed).  Honors will be issued to Spookiest, Cutest, and Most Creative.  There will be a nominal entry fee, all proceeds benefiting CTRA to bring you more neighborhood events!

Bake-Off

Whip up your favorite baked goods and prove your mettle with an oven in our bake-off.  Honors will be awarded to best desserts in the following categories: cakes and cookies; pies and pastries; and alternative (e.g. gluten-free).  Baked goods will be raffled off and proceeds will benefit the College Terrace Residents’ Association.

Wine Walk

Wine bottles generously donated by local businesses and residents will be the prize for a game much like musical chairs.  There will be a nominal entry fee for each “walk”, all proceeds to benefit CTRA.

Stanford Alert Test on October 18

On Thursday, October 18th, between noon-12:30 pm, Stanford will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community.

The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 30 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including College Terrace.

For more information about the AlertSU system, visit the AlertSU FAQ.